Boston, MA
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Reviews 62 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The network is an abysmal. It is slow even when I try to connect computers located at the school. Needs an overhaul.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: What do you mean by Greek life and non-Greeks? Is this an issue at other schools? Should I be aware of this?

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid has gone well when I deal with people directly at the school. Although, I constantly need to check in to review the numbers because of the limited amount of income and sources I have to pay for short-term and long-term expenses.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to choose from for off-campus dining, except it's not a problem I hold against the school. Going out to eat is expensive regardless. I usually pack a lunch because of the money I need to save for other expenses.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking anywhere in Boston is a nightmare. Why any college student in Boston would want to have a car is completely beyond me.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's a really old city- you're bound to find about a million hole-in-the-wall places with scrumptious food.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Museums! Galleries! Red Sox! Cultural festivals happening all the time! Conventions! Concerts! Ballet, opera, symphony! And so on

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: So. Many. Potheads. Lots of people drink, too, as usual in college. Sure, they're annoying, but it's not totally intolerable. If you don't want to partake, that's fine too. If it happens in the dorms, though, and you get caught... You're in deep s***.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You get to build your own curriculum. Of course, there are requirements, but there's a great variety of classes you can take to fulfill those requirements. That means that you can have fun fulfilling requirements, you can take the classes you need to shape your practice how you want, to learn how to do what you think is necessary.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is one of my favorite places at school!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: It's so easy to go interdisciplinary here... Mixed media is the thing to do, and it really opens up your options and creativity!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Art school. All Macs. It's all good.

Internet is decent, printing is good (free B&W letter size!).

If you're in a digital media class, you use the classrooms that have computers for your use. It's not a bad idea to have your own, though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you're good you can get really good merit scholarships, but the tuition is still pretty high. There are a lot of opportunities for other scholarships and grants, though, so there are a lot of options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England. Fall is beautiful, winter is cold and snowy and grey, spring is about half winter 2.0, and the summer is disgustingly hot and humid.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As annoying as the MBTA can be at times, you really can't complain- anywhere you need to go in Boston, you can get there on the T or on a bus. If not, it's a pretty small city, so walking isn't an issue.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Being at SMFA has been a learning experience... Sexual orientations cover everything under the sun, as do political beliefs. There are international students from pretty much everywhere.. it's a very diverse campus!

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: A lack of consolidated on-campus housing leads to a lack of options. There's the Cafe at school, which is pretty good, but it's basically useless if you're not actually at school. It's not a lack of quality but rather a lack of availability.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's art school ... Pretty much anything goes, as long as it's nothing blatantly disrespectful (to the law, to others, to your environment, etc.)

4 College Freshman

Academics: SMFA isn't like any other art school. It's very open-ended and there's a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do- this requires a lot of self-motivation, though. It's sink or swim and it's directly related to how much effort you put in. If you're willing to do the work, however, you are surrounded by faculty that will help you be better than you've ever been.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you're not too academically inclined, you can take your required courses through SMFA- these courses are built for art school students, so it's more attuned to the thinking process of artists. If you're looking for something more challenging, you can take classes at Tufts... Need I say more?

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at the school it self offers english and art history. The other requirements are taught at tufts university. As an SMFA student it's almost as though you attend two schools: Tufts university and School of the Museum of Fine Arts. That option allows one to pursue an art practice and even a major or minor in an academic field. The only downfall is that tufts campus is far from SMFA campus, but SMFA provides a shuttle to the campus, so that helps. The facilities are well equipped with a Mac lab and library.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The people in the financial aid office are helpful and friendly and have made exceptions with late payments, i'm grateful for that. However, the aid i've received hasn't helped significantly. I'm still struggling to make payments and the payments are large each month, it would help if they could be smaller and more frequent.

1 College Junior

Parking: There's not much parking available, most space require you to be a Massachusetts resident, or one needs to pay for a space in a lot. It's really not necessary to have a car in Boston, public transportation is simpler. Unless, you're commuting I wouldn't recommend driving.

College Senior

Greek Life: there is none whatsoever. Go to Tufts if you want that.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They give you money at first but by your final year you have very little aid.


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